Followup Interview with Stink of Flesh Director
The last time we spoke, our last question was "Is there anything else you would like to add?" and your response was - Distribution rights to THE STINK OF FLESH are still available! Well, I guess you don't have that problem anymore, what a difference a few months make. Update us on what's going on with "The Stink of Flesh."
Well, we were fortunate enough to have a number of offers to choose from -- I think it was something like seven or eight distributors, all in all -- but after weighing them all, we decided to sign with J.R. Bookwalter's Tempe Entertainment (http://www.tempevideo.com). I've known J.R. for over ten years and have always respected his approach to things. He prides himself in putting together really nice DVD packages, so we're in very good hands.
We've read the specs on the "Stink of Flesh" DVD.. sounds plush. But what I want to know is what are the few surprises that are in store?
I don't wanna give everything away (partly because we're not quite sure exactly what we're gonna put on the disc!), but I will say that folks might be seeing Mr. Rainville again... I think we'll put together a fun DVD , in any case.
Is the release date still tentatively set for May 24, 2005 and is this bad boy going "global"?
Yeah, right now we're still looking at that May 24th release date. As for going global, I believe a deal has already been made for UK distribution and J.R. plans to go worldwide.
Has there been any more thought about a sequel to "The Stink of Flesh"?
Well, I've always got stuff percolating in my brain... so yeah, I've been mulling over some ideas. We'll see how DVD sales are on the first one and that might kick it into high gear. Next up, though, I'm planning to do a strange little horror flick that I've been describing to people as "I Drink Your Blood" meets "Mudhoney" meets "Magnolia." If all goes according to plan, I'll start writing the script in January and we'll probably shoot in the summer. There's so much independent film production going on in Albuquerque right now, it's tough to squeeze another movie into everyone's schedule!
Let's change gears and talk about your upcoming book, "Friday the 13th: Church of the Divine Psychopath". Can you tell us what the story is about?
It's about a David Koresh/Jim Jones-style religious fanatic who believes Jason Voorhees is an avenging angel sent by the Lord to rid the earth of sinners. He establishes a religious community at Camp Crystal Lake, but things go totally haywire when a squad of commandos is sent in to eliminate Jason. It's Commandos vs. Religious Fanatics with Jason slashing his way through the middle. Hopefully it's an entertaining, sick-and-twisted little read!
What drove you to write a "Friday the 13th" series book and will you be writing more?
My friend Nathan Long (screenwriter of "Guyver: Dark Hero") was hired by Games Workshop's publishing arm, Black Library, to write a "Warhammer" book. Black Library has an offshoot called Black Flame (www.blackflame.com) that has a licensing deal with New Line Cinema to do new adventures of New Line characters (Freddy, Jason, Blade, etc.). Nathan put me in touch with them, I pitched a few ideas, and they went for "Church". I think mine is actually the first in the "Friday the 13th" series, and I'm very honored to hold that position! As for writing more... well, I've pitched a couple more ideas, a "Jason X" and another "F13", and they've asked me to expand those, so we'll see. I'd love to do more, that's for sure -- it was a lot of fun to write "Church of the Divine Psychopath," although I wound up doing it on a painfully tight deadline thanks to jumping back and forth between it and stuff for "The Stink of Flesh."
Will there be any chapters of "Friday the 13th: Church of the Divine Psychopath" online (maybe at your website) for us fans to read.. anything?
I would love to give people a preview, but I'm not sure I'm allowed to! I'll have to ask my editor and see what he says. I suspect there'll be a preview posted on Black Flame's website at some point.
Can you give us a description of the jacket cover – or at least an idea of what you want it to look like.
I have no idea what it's going to look like, at this point. Heck, I'm still waiting for them to sign off on my manuscript! I'd love to see something like an old seventies exploitation movie poster, though.
Comparing the process of writing for a film and a book, coming up with the story, fleshing it out. Is there really any difference? Is one harder than the other? Did you basically take the same approach with the book as you did with the film?
The biggest difference to me is that when you're writing a screenplay, you don't really need (or want) to go into a lot of detail describing characters, clothing, settings and whatnot, but obviously in a book you need to set the stage for the reader, since it's all in their head. It was a challange to keep that in mind, this being my first book. I don't think one form is necessarily harder than the other -- although you have to pack more words into a book, of course. Well, I take that back -- books are probably tougher in the long run because your words are completely on their own, where in a movie, the actors (and everything else) bring a lot to the table. Writing a book puts you out there with your pants down around your ankles, while writing a movie just leaves you with your fly undone.
Overall, I took the same approach in writing the book as I do to writing scripts -- the key being Deliver The Groceries. Keep people entertained. At least, I hope I accomplished that in the book!
Cruising through your site's gallery, I saw a picture of (what looked like you) sleeping with a "Pikachu". You looked pretty content, care to explain? BTW, pretty sweet "Ace Frehley" life size – yours?
Actually, that's my pal John Howard sleeping with the Pikachu! That photo was taken at the San Diego Comic-Con back in 1999... there's a brutal and funny story behind it, but to give you the short version, we had both recently been dumped by our girlfriends (well, wife, in Howie's case) and that entire convention was a drunken weekend of misery and over-eating. I'm sure Howie is gonna throw me a beating for posting that photo on the Internet... And yeah, that Ace Frehley mannequin is mine -- it's standing behind me as I type these words! That was my Halloween costume a few years back, and my girlfriend (and producer of "The Stink of Flesh") Shannon Hale bought the mannequin so we could properly display it. I'm a KISS Army guy from way back.
I know it's early, but all of us at Movies Online want to wish you a "Merry Christmas" and a "Happy Birthday". So what's on both of Scott's lists this year?
Hey, how'd you know it's my birthday? Thanks for the kind wishes, and Merry Christmas right back at all the Movies Online folks! Lemme see, what's on my list... I'm not even gonna give you the bullshit response of "World Peace" and all that (even though it's a nice sentiment) -- I'm jonesing real bad for "The Dukes of Hazzard" Season One on DVD!
Now I will leave you with our last question. "Is there anything else you would like to add?"
Only that I'm hoping we can sell some DVDs and books! Seriously, though -- this has been an amazing year for me... I'm still not making a steady living at this stuff, but for the first time, I feel like I've made some real steps towards turning what I've been longing to do my entire life into an actual career. It's been a long hard road and I feel like I've come full-circle (going from making my own stuff on Super-8mm as a kid, to wading through the Hollywood system, finally coming back to making my own stuff), but things feel right. I'm incredibly grateful to everyone who worked on "The Stink of Flesh" and to everyone who has seen it and dug it. Judging from the amazing response the movie has gotten so far, I think this is the approach I was meant to take, and I intend to stick with it! And last but not least, a big "Thank You" to Movies Online for all the support!
And I want everyone to get out there and make "Land of the Dead" the most successful zombie movie EVER! None of us would be doing this if it weren't for George Romero, and it's time to repay the man.
I dont think we could possibly agree more. If you dont spend your shillings and go see Mr. Romeros Land of the Dead you are not a fan and you will be the first thrown out of our barricaded compound when the dead walk. Thanks for taking the time for this interview Scott, and most importantly heed his words. Go see Land of the Dead and be sure to check out Stink of Flesh on DVD.